China's midfielder Shao Jiayi is to return to the German Bundesliga
after Beijing Guo'an agreed to transfer terms with newly promoted
Energie Cottbus, a Chinese newspaper reported yesterday.
The deal, netting Guo'an a transfer fee of 1.3 million euros
(US$1.68 million), sends Shao to his second German club, after
Guo'an loaned the 26-year-old to former division one club, TSV 1860
Munich in 2003.
"I'm really happy," the Beijing News quoted Shao as
"I have to say once again I'm very grateful to Guo'an who have
been a big help in arranging this transfer."
Despite finishing his playing contract with Munich 1860, Shao's
transfer had been clouded by a financial dispute between the German
club and Guo'an.
Last week Guo'an sued Munich 1860 for 600,000 euros for failing
to make payments scheduled in Shao's loan deal.
The paper reported that the two clubs had terminated the loan
contract, releasing Shao to play for Cottbus.
The report provided no details as to whether the legal dispute
had been settled or would continue.
Should Cottbus pay up, Beijing Guo'an will have reaped 2.3
million euros from deals involving Shao since his loan to Munich
1860 in 2003.
Shao's agent was quoted by the Beijing News last week
as saying that the newly promoted club was planning a "whole raft
of cooperation" with Guo'an, including player development programs
and tour matches in Beijing.
(Agencies via Shenzhen Daily June 7, 2006)